NORTH MANKATO, MN- Jim Hagedorn nabbed the GOP endorsement for our congressional district, but a hard–charging challenger remains with the primary looming.

Carla Nelson has been a state senator since 2011, representing the Rochester area.

She is running for Minnesota's First Congressional District for the first time.

Nelson says "We need someone who is more than talk, we need someone who has a track history. A track history of not just talking about the issues, but delivering, that's me. Then, we need someone who has a track record of winning and winning tough elections, that's me and that's why I'm running. The stakes are great, we need a conservative winner and that's why I'm running."

She adds President Trump's 15-point margin in this district back in 2016 is a sign that this seat will turn from blue to red.    

Representative Tim Walz has held the position for Minnesota's First Congressional District since 2006 and has decided to run for Governor, generating an open-seat contest for the first time in more than a decade.  

For Hagedorn, this will be his fourth attempt at this seat.

Two years ago, he lost by less than one percent, allowing Walz his re-election.    

The primary will take place August 14th.

- KEYC NEWS 12